Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Charles Leclerc beats Lewis Hamilton to pole in Austria

Charles Leclerc beats Lewis Hamilton to pole in Austria

He also warned that Spielberg's short lap, the altitude in the Styrian Alps, and forecasts of another weekend of searing heat, could make cooling a problem for everyone and throw up a race packed with unexpected twists. He was 0.259 faster than Hamilton, as Mercedes failed to match Ferrari's pace on the straights.

Red Bull star Verstappen, the victor in Spielberg previous year, was trying to see the positives after he also brought out the red flags with a heavy crash on turn 10.

"I don't believe there's a better manager than Toto within the whole of Formula 1", the five-time champion said to RaceFans. "Tomorrow the start will be very important".

"They were extremely quick in Paul Ricard, especially in the race pace, so I think we are focusing on ourselves and trying to do the best job possible".

Daniel Ricciardo qualified 12th for the Austrian GP.

The engineers worked deep into the final round in the hopes of getting the Ferrari track-worthy, but ultimately ran out of time with Vettel not able to set a single lap time in the top ten pole shoot-out.

After an unprecedented eight successive season-opening wins, Mercedes have a commanding lead ahead of Ferrari in both the constructors' and drivers' championships.

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"Spielberg is a circuit where we have always had some blisters in the past; we are confident that we will see a difference this weekend with the 2019-specification tyre", he said.

'Yeah, we expected it to be super close but they had a bit of a margin, ' Bottas told Sky Sports. Vettel is 76 points adrift in third.

Daniil Kvyat narrowly avoided crashing into Russell, the last of four slower cars that appeared in front of him coming out of a turn. "What was that?" the Torro Rosso driver said over the team radio.

If he is found guilty, Hamilton could be handed a grid penalty.

As a result of the problem, Vettel will now start Sunday's race from ninth position once a grid penalty for Kevin Magnussen has been factored in.

Earlier, Nico Hulkenberg lost five places after Renault decided before the final practice to use the Spec B engine for the rest of the weekend, his fifth internal combustion engine this season.

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